Helton confident Rockies will right ship
As a polished, left-handed hitting first baseman out of the University of Tennessee, Todd Helton was compared with a smorgasbord of big names. He sure handled the bat like Will Clark. Or was it Mark Grace? Early in Helton's career, former Rockies manager Don Baylor even mentioned Don Mattingly. Leave Helton's swing alone and let his power come naturally, Baylor said, and who knows?
Time and 3,504 at-bats have altered the frame of reference. Helton is a four-time All-Star at age 30, and his biography consumes 12 pages in Colorado's 2004 media guide. Beneath his photo on Page 84, a breakout box compares him with another Yankee hitter of considerable renown.
"Helton and Joltin' Joe," reads the title.
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